It was a good turnout at the Fair. Remarkably, the organisers managed to present more than twenty NGOs and Societies based in Ipoh to the participants of the MM2H (Malaysia My Second Home) programme, most of whom live within the gated-community of Meru Valley. Apart from these new residents in Ipoh, we also managed to inform many locals about the existence of PHS and its activities.
On two easels, we displayed some rather attractive photographs of Perak heritage buildings, which acted as an icebreaker for us to publicise the ‘PHS Members’ Nite’ coming up in January 2010. (It has been postponed to March.) Some of those we chatted with left their contact for invites to the event.
Since we had no ‘freebies’ to give away except for the membership application form, Mohd Taib used his charm to obtain some Ipoh Heritage Map from the newly formed Kinta Heritage Group. Using them as conversation starters, we distributed the free maps to those who, we believe, would keep and use them as intended rather than turning them into origami.
The committee members who attended the 3-hour Fair were Mohd Taib, Eddie Teo and CP Lo. Peter, also a volunteer for PSPA (Perak Society for the Performing Arts) in the next booth played a double-role; he introduced some of his foreign guests to us.
It was indeed a very fruitful and constructive outing for everyone. We took the opportunity to mingle with other NGOs to gain an understanding of people’s initiatives and community activities in Ipoh.
~ CP Lo. ~